Pune: After the suspected suicide of a cadet of the National Defence Academy (NDA) on Sunday, the cadets are being counselled to deal with problems and find solutions to it rather than taking the extreme step, as their demanding career in armed forces will throw many similar, maybe bigger, challenges at them.
Meanwhile, officials from Pune city police's Uttam Nagar police station said they have begun the probe, but are yet to ascertain the cause behind fifth term cadet Alekh Jaiswal's suspected suicide.
On Monday, his parents were handed over the body after postmortem which stated that the death was due to hanging. The NDA commandant met the parents and two officers will accompany them to their native place in Chhattisgarh. The last rites will be performed there on Tuesday.
Jaiswal was the only son of his parents. His father runs a hotel, while mother is a housewife. His sister is currently studying.
One of his relatives said that Jaiswal was good in academics and had not complained about any problem to his parents.
“We have recorded the statement of his father, but he has no knowledge about any issue which might have led the cadet to take his life. No suicide note was found. We will send his laptop for forensic examination. Till now, NDA officials have not told us whether any mobile phone was found in his room,” said Senior Police Inspector Kalyanrao Vidhate, In-charge of Uttam Nagar police station.
Officials from the training academy said cadets are not allowed to keep mobile phone, but they have got his phone. “Disciplinary action is taken against cadets who use mobile phones. We keep checking their rooms and belongings to see if they have phones. He was studying in the fifth term and had been through intense training in the past. So we suspect that it's not the training, but some personal reason behind his extreme step. There are counsellors who interact with the cadets frequently besides senior officers who can be approached if they are facing any issue,” a senior NDA officer told Sakal Times.
A retired Army officer, who had served in the NDA, added, “Though it is premature to comment about cause of his death. But, it is true that the tri-services academy needs to update its training module in more scientific way.”
Jaiswal was a Navy cadet and was pursuing B Sc (computer science). He was from Sainik School, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh.
NDA officials said, “Training updation is an ongoing process, which is being done periodically.”